Lonely Planet Picks Top Sites in the World

Top SitesLonely Planet took a look into figuring out what the best sites in the world are. To do so, LP experts voted and made some tough decisions which they have included in their new book.

In Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist book (Ultimate Travel in U.S.), coming out October 6, they’ve selected the top 500 sites in the world and “ranked them in order of their brilliance“.

Not much info was given so far as to how exactly the sites were picked.

I’m curious to see what made the top 500 as well as figure how many I’ve visited. For now, I’ll just have to look at their top 10.

Here are Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Sites:

  1. Temples of Angkor
  2. Great Barrier Reef
  3. Machu Picchu
  4. Great Wall of China
  5. Taj Mahal
  6. Grand Canyon National Park (kind of)
  7. Colosseum
  8. Iguazu Falls
  9. Alhambra
  10. Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia)

After looking over this list, I saw that I’ve been to 6 (or 7) of these sites. The site in question is the Grand Canyon National Park. I’ve been to the Grand Canyon Skywalk which isn’t actually part of the NP so I’m not sure that it should count. Either way, the Skywalk was amazing and I did see the Grand Canyon!

From the other top picks that I’ve visited, I’d rank the Temples of Angkor and Machu Picchu as my favorites from the top part of LP’s list.

Some sites that I’ve visited which I feel should’ve been considered for inclusion would be Petra and Easter Island. I’m sure an argument could be made to also include the Pyramids of Egypt.

What sites around the world that you’ve visited would you consider the best?

Find out more about Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Sites here.

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